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visual hierarchical (expandable and contractable) display of a folder and its sub dirs and files

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Hi Guys,

I have a file with output of ls -R i.e. listing with details and recursive listing of each subdirectory

e.g. if we have dir A which has 2 dirs B and C and 3 files l, m, n
B has one dir D and 2 files x,y

i.e. we have following dir stucture

A
 |-B
    |-D
    |-x
    |-y
 |-C
 |-l
 |-m
 |-n

then ls -R will return
unixprompt% ls -lR
.:
total 0
drwxrwxr-x   2 dk  dvlpmnt       96 Aug 27 15:25     B
drwxrwxr-x   2 dk  dvlpmnt       96 Aug 27 15:24     C
-rw-rw-r--   1 dk  dvlpmnt        0 Aug 27 15:24       l
-rw-rw-r--   1 dk  dvlpmnt        0 Aug 27 15:24       m
-rw-rw-r--   1 dk  dvlpmnt        0 Aug 27 15:24       n

./B:
total 0
-rw-rw-r--   1 dk  dvlpmnt        0 Aug 27 15:25      x
-rw-rw-r--   1 dk  dvlpmnt        0 Aug 27 15:25      y

./C:
total 0

I need to create a hierarchical map that expands on pressing + sign and contracts on pressing - sign. Is there a tool which can do it? given a file of type above as input or should i write a program to do that. what would be the ideal way to do that in C/C++? I aslo need to put a column besides each folder/entry as i have to place this file at a centralized website where my team can go and edit it to enter comments.

Thanks
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Question by:dkamdar
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Here is a nice article your should check out.  I would recommend using the TreeControl API, it will save you time

http://www.codeproject.com/treectrl/treelistctrlgerolf.asp

-Ram
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recls (http://synesis.com.au/software/recls/) is a multi-platform library written mainly in C++ that contains a lot of code for getting file system info in and out of data structures.  It's insightful to look at some of that code as well as the stuff dealing with mappings to various  file system interfaces.  As far as the GUI aspect of this, GTK+ might be a good place to start:  http://www.gtk.org
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